Assam: Heavy rains trigger flood-like situation in Kokrajhar, 1500 rescued so far

Guwahati : Assam flood A woman uses a bamboo bridge to commute in a flood-hit village at Teok in Jorhat district of Assam on Saturday. PTI
Heavy rains have triggered a flood-like situation in Assam’s Kokrajhar district. So grave is the situation, that the authorities are shifting people to safer places.

Rescue operations are said to be underway. The army has said that it has rescued 1,500 people from the worst affected areas of Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar Districts. The state administration has said that flood waters are likely to release in a day or two. It said the rains could stop by this evening.

As per reports, one woman, who was swept away by flood waters after a vehicle in which she was travelling plunged into Gouranga River in Dhubri District last night, has been rescued. A search has been launched for another four persons.

Reports say that over four lakh people in 15 districts of the state are reeling from the after effects of the floods.

Six army columns have been deployed in Lower Assam for rescue and relief works.

State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has reviewed the flood situation in Guwahati and instructed concerned departments to take all measures to help the flood-hit people.